All, I am new to this forum as well as Cavalry reenacting. Could someone suggest a source for a period correct quality saddle blanket? I am riding a Kidd 1859 Mc. My mount is a QH, but I believe still a bit young (3Y) for events. He is broke and good minded, but still a 3Y. I'm not yet riding him with a curb bit either. I just plan on bringing him along a piece at a time. He seems to tolerate real well the noise of weapon firing. I shoot BP with another CW organization, and my practice location is only maybe 10-15 yards from the round pen.
Welcome to the form Dave, This is a great source for finding information on ever aspect of mounted Cavalry. As for a truly period correct saddle blanket, check out Charlie Childs. He has the correct weave and weight for the wool blanket. It’s what I use, though it’s a federal, it’s still the best for the price. I believe hes' 1859 Cav blankets are around $135
Also check out the section on gun breaking a mount in the form. It has some good tips which may help you.
Ken Doyon Bugler 1st Maine Cavalry "Sound out mighty bugles, Blow with strength to end battles. Pierce the smoke-heavy air with Your strains of noble commands. Calls for the weary, Calls for the wounded, Sound out to guide, Sound out to fortify. Warm the soldier’s heart, Ease the officer's burden. Sound out gentle bugle. Sound out to end this war." Jerry Pollard
Sgt Scott, At present I am affiliated with a horse drawn artillery unit. Burrough's battery, Blaine, TN. I realize this reply is rather tardy, but I would like to see/attend a training event whenever you have another.